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Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
AC-7: Incentives for Developing Courses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Adrienne Cachelin
Associate Director, Global Change and Sustainability Center
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution have an ongoing program that offers incentives for academic staff in multiple disciplines or departments to develop new sustainability courses and/or incorporate sustainability into existing courses? :

A brief description of the incentive program(s):

Wasatch Experience Faculty Workshop (biennial, 2014- present)
URL: https://sustainability.utah.edu/education/the-wasatch-experience/
A multi-day interdisciplinary workshop for University of Utah faculty and Graduate Student TAs to provide support for incorporating sustainability themes into their courses. Participants apply to attend. Those accepted engage in a series of team-structured, mentored activities to help develop the knowledge and skills to modify a course, create new learning activities, and explore local educational opportunities to integrate the big ideas of sustainability into the courses they teach. Wasatch Experience Summaries are available at http://campusguides.lib.utah.edu/c.php?g=634043&p=5522438

Sustainability Leadership Awards (annual, 2015- present)
URL: https://sustainability.utah.edu/education/recognition/sustainability-leadership-awards/
These annual awards honor sustainability leadership in the areas of education integration and the use of our campus as a living lab. The Craig B. Forster Campus as a Living Lab Award: Recognizes a student (graduate or undergraduate) who completes an outstanding project or initiative that makes the U more sustainable. Sustainability Education Integration Award: Recognizes an instructor (at any level) who successfully integrates sustainability education into their course(s). (Reported on STARS 2017 as Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards)

Bennion Center, Public Service Professorship
URL: https://bennioncenter.org/faculty/professional-development/public-service-professorship-proposal.php
This significant award is designed to help a faculty member strengthen community-engaged learning experiences and opportunities tied to civic engagement, and also foster stronger partnerships with the local community. It is open to all faculty members at the University of Utah. In 2017-12018 the awardee was Professor Erin Carraher, School of Architecture for an Equitable Housing & Livabiltiy Institute (ELHI) focused on affordable housing in Salt Lake City. (URL: https://www.livableutah.org/ ).

Transformative Excellence Program, Academic Affairs
URL: https://academic-affairs.utah.edu/about/transformative-excellence-program/
The Transformative Excellence Program (TEP) is part of the University of Utah strategic goals. The goal was to identify areas within the university in which making a small number of strategic additions to faculty in different academic units would enhance the U’s preeminence. The initiative prioritized areas of emphasis that have societal relevance within Utah and across the nation. Thematic clusters related to sustainability are
--Society, Water and Climate Research Group: https://climate.utah.edu/
--Sustaining Biodiversity Faculty research cluster: https://nhmu.utah.edu/sustaining-biodiversity
--Resilient Places for an Aging Society

A brief description of the incentives that academic staff who participate in the program(s) receive:

Wasatch Experience
--$500 award upon completion of The Wasatch Experience program

Sustainability Leadership Awards
--An award of $2,500 is given to the winner of each of two award categories.

Public Service Professorship, Lowell Bennion Community Service Center
--$7,500 grant to support community based Learning may be used in any way that enables the recipient to carry out the proposed project.

Transformative Excellence Program
--Strategic hiring

Website URL where information about the incentives for developing sustainability course content is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:


Wasatch Experience
URL: http://sustainability.utah.edu/academics/workshop.php

Sustainability Leadership Awards
URL: https://sustainability.utah.edu/education/recognition/sustainability-leadership-awards/

Lowell Bennion Community Service Center
URL: http://bennioncenter.org/

Transformative Excellence Program
URL: https://academic-affairs.utah.edu/about/transformative-excellence-program/

Clearing the Path: A Strategic Student Success Agenda, University of Utah, January 2018.
URL: https://academic-affairs.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/01/Clearing-the-Path.pdf

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